The Faith & Politics Institute is a Washington-based non-profit organization that inspires political leaders to reflect and engage with one another for the good of our nation. Over the last 25 years, we’ve brought hundreds of political leaders together through our bipartisan work.

Yet, there is still much to be done.

Today, when our leaders are so divided on issues they often don’t listen to one another, our work is more important than ever. This is why Faith & Politics Institute has set these three goals over the next two years:

  • Strengthen personal leadership through spiritually grounded group dialogue and reflection.
  • Bridge divides of political affiliation, faith and race by inspiring conversations around the values our nation’s leaders share – conscience, courage and compassion.
  • Advance democracy by cultivating mutual respect, moral reflection and honest conversation.

Our Board of Directors

The Faith & Politics Institute’s Board of Directors is a governing and policy-making body composed of distinguished individuals from a variety of backgrounds.


President and CEO Joan Mooney brings over 25 years of leadership experience with both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. She and her staff are dedicated to advancing democracy through The Faith & Politics Institute.

Our History

In 1991, The Faith & Politics Institute was born out of an idea by our founder, Reverend Doug Tanner, to establish a place where, for a few hours a month or a weekend each year, our nation’s leaders could engage in the introspection and reflection that leads to more deeply grounded, visionary leadership.